New Movies In Theaters (6/1)

1 June, 2018 at 6:16 am

“Adrift” (PG-13)

Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin play a couple trying to sail from Tahiti to San Diego when their boat is destroyed by a hurricane and he’s left badly injured. So it’s up to her to try to save them, knowing there’s little to no hope of rescue.
It’s based on the true story of Tami Oldham and her fiancĂ© Richard Sharp, who were lost at sea during Hurricane Raymond in 1983. (Spoilers) You know Shailene as Tris in the “Divergent” movies and Sam played Finnick in “The Hunger Games”.

“Action Point” (R)

Johnny Knoxville is the risk-taking owner of a backwater amusement park who starts desperately cutting corners to make his home-made rides more exciting, in the hopes that it will lure back customers he’s been losing to a big corporate amusement park.

“Upgrade” (R)

A sci-fi revenge thriller starring Logan Marshall-Green as a quadriplegic who receives a computer implant that he uses to hunt down the men who murdered his wife.
The chip’s A.I. talks to him in a voice only he can hear and it not only lets him walk again, but also grants impressive robotic fighting skills when he lets it control his body. You might remember Logan as Shocker in “Spider-Man Homecoming”.

“A Kid Like Jake” (Unrated) (Limited)

Claire Danes and Jim Parsons play parents who struggle with other people’s perceptions after their four-year old son starts wearing princess dresses in public. Octavia Spencer is a supportive preschool teacher who broaches the topic of his “gender-expansive play.” And Priyanka Chopra is one of their friends.

New Movies In Theaters (4/27)

27 April, 2018 at 6:21 am

“Avengers: Infinity War” (PG-13)

The Avengers meet the Guardians of the Galaxy and team up to protect the universe from Thanos, an intergalactic villain who’s trying to collect all six Infinity Stones and use them to literally destroy half the universe.
The movie runs 2 hours and 40 minutes, and brings together the 76 main characters from the 18 Marvel movies your kids have grown up with over the past 10 years.
The stakes are pretty high in this one and the rumor is that Thanos is actually going to kill at least one of the Avengers.
Everyone’s contract is up after next year’s fourth “Avengers” movie, so no one’s safe going into this one . . . except maybe Scarlett Johansson since they announced earlier this year that she’s getting her own Black Widow movie.
As for the rest of the team, Captain America was last seen in “Civil War” when he broke his team out of prison and lost his original shield.
He gets a new one in Wakanda when he reunites with his buddy Bucky Barnes, who was finally cured of his brainwashing at the end of “Black Panther”.
Thor was last seen in “Ragnarok”, where he lost his hammer and one eye. That’s the last time we saw the Hulk too. Iron Man was last seen in “Spider-Man: Homecoming”.
A few of the other Avengers are still missing from the both trailers and the promotional posters. No word yet on what’s up with either Hawkeye or Ant-Man.
Some people think that means they’re at risk of being the ones who’ll DIE . . . however Jeremy Renner is listed on the credits for next year’s untitled sequel, so I’d take that as a good sign. That movie’s no longer being called “Infinity War Part 2”, by the way.
As for Stan Lee’s obligatory cameo in this movie, it happens during the Peter Parker bus scene you’ve seen in the trailer. And he says he thinks it’s his funniest yet.


Rachel Weisz stars as the shunned lesbian daughter of a beloved rabbi. She returns home for his funeral and reignites a secret, taboo relationship with a childhood friend, who’s played by Rachel McAdams.


Halle Berry stars as a foster mother who goes to extremes to protect her eight kids during the L.A. Riots in 1992. Daniel Craig is an irritable neighbor who helps keep the kids safe as chaos and racial tension escalate in the aftermath of the Rodney King verdict that acquitted four white cops of beating him.

New Movies In Theaters (4/20)

20 April, 2018 at 6:12 am

“I Feel Pretty” (PG-13)

Amy Schumer struggles with feelings of insecurity and low self-esteem until a fall in an exercise class has her suddenly believing she’s a supermodel. And with her newfound confidence and sense of empowerment she starts fearlessly living her life.
Busy Philipps and “SNL’s” Aidy Bryant play her best friends, Emily Ratajkowski is a girl Amy resented for her good looks, and Michelle Williams plays Amy’s boss.

“Super Troopers 2” (R)

The troopers are all back, with Steve Lemme as Mac, Erik Stolhanske as Rabbit, Jay Chandrasekhar as Thorny, Paul Soter as Foster, and Kevin Heffernan as Farva.
They’re recruited to set up a new Highway Patrol station after the government realizes our northern border is off, and a small Canadian town is actually part of the U.S.
Rob Lowe is the town’s mayor, Emmanuelle Chriqui is a French-Canadian cultural attachĂ©, and Lynda Carter returns as the Governor of Vermont. Tyler Labine, Will Sasso, and Hayes MacArthur are also in it as Canadian Mounties.

“Traffik” (R)

Paula Patton and Omar Epps are vacationing with Roselyn Sanchez and Laz Alonso in the mountains when they’re attacked by a biker gang. They’re after a sex trafficker’s phone that Dawn Olivieri from “House of Lies” slipped into Paula’s purse.

New Movies In Theaters (4/13)

13 April, 2018 at 6:12 am

“Rampage” (PG-13)

The Rock jumps into action after a genetic experiment turns several animals into giant monsters that start destroying Chicago. He gets help from Naomie Harris, a geneticist trying to undo the effects on the Rock’s silverback gorilla friend, George.
The rest of the cast includes Jeffrey Dean Morgan from “The Walking Dead”, Malin Akerman from “Watchmen”, and Joe Manganiello from “True Blood”.

“Truth or Dare” (PG-13)

Lucy Hale from “Pretty Little Liars” and Tyler Posey from “Teen Wolf” star in this supernatural horror thriller about friends whose harmless game of Truth or Dare turns deadly when something starts punishing them for every lie or dare they refuse.

“Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero” (PG)

An animated movie about the true story of a stray dog adopted by a soldier during World War I. Stubby became the official mascot of the 102nd Infantry Division, and received an actual promotion to the rank of sergeant for helping the men of his unit.
Stubby saved the lives of his men by detecting gas attacks, leading medics to wounded soldiers on the battlefield, and even catching a German spy in the division’s trenches. By the end of 17 battles, he was the most decorated dog in Army history.
Despite the animation, the dog does NOT talk for the sake of historical accuracy.
Logan Lerman from the “Percy Jackson” movies is PFC Robert Conroy, the guy who adopted him. It’s narrated by Helena Bonham Carter, as Robert’s sister. And Gerard Depardieu is also in it as a French resistance fighter.

New Movies In Theaters (4/6)

6 April, 2018 at 6:33 am

“A Quiet Place” (PG-13)

John Krasinski directed and stars in this horror thriller about an invasion where most of humanity has been wiped out by blind alien creatures that hunt by sound.
To survive, he and his family are forced to live in silence with a complex lighting system to help them communicate when they aren’t close enough to use sign language.
Emily Blunt is his pregnant wife, and their deaf daughter is played by Millicent Simmonds from last year’s “Wonderstruck”.

“Blockers” (R)

A raunchy comedy starring John Cena, Leslie Mann, and Ike Barinholtz as parents desperately trying to stop their daughters from having sex after learning that the girls have a secret sex pact to lose their virginity on prom night.
Gina Gershon and comedian Hannibal Buress are also in it.

“The Miracle Season” (PG)

Helen Hunt plays the coach of a high school volleyball team that loses their star player when the girl is killed in an accident. It’s based on a true story of how the rest of the team rallied and fought their way back to win the state championship in her honor.
William Hurt plays the grieving father, Danika Yarosh from “Heroes Reborn” is the girl who dies, and Erin Moriarty from “Red Widow” is her best friend who takes over as the new team captain.

“Chappaquiddick” (PG-13)

Jason Clarke is Ted Kennedy and Kate Mara is Mary Jo Kopechne . . . the woman who drowned in July of 1969 after he drove his car off a bridge. Kennedy didn’t call for help or report it right away because he’d been drinking before he got behind the wheel.
Ed Helms plays his lawyer, Bruce Dern is Joe Kennedy, and the rest of the cast includes Jim Gaffigan, Clancy Brown, and Olivia Thirlby.

New Movies In Theaters (3/30)

30 March, 2018 at 6:15 am

“Ready Player One” (PG-13)

Steven Spielberg directs this movie about a future where millions of people have turned to a virtual reality universe called the Oasis to escape the chaos of the world.
After its creator dies, he reveals that he’s hidden an Easter egg inside the Oasis that will grant a half trillion dollar inheritance and complete control of his digital universe to the first person who can complete three impossible challenges.
Tye Sheridan plays Wade Watts, an unlikely hero who takes the lead in the contest. Olivia Cooke from “Bates Motel” plays his love interest, and the rest of the cast includes “Rogue One” villain Ben Mendelsohn, TJ Miller, and Simon Pegg.

“Tyler Perry’s Acrimony” (R)

Taraji P. Henson plays an angry wife who gets revenge on her cheating husband after she finds out about his cheating . . . and the fact that he’s engaged to his mistress.

“God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness” (PG)

The third movie in the Christian drama series “God’s Not Dead” is about a pastor fighting to rebuild his college church after student protestors burn it down and the university threatens to sell the land.
It stars a guy named David A.R. White as the reverend. John Corbett plays his brother, a lawyer who takes the university to court.

New Movies In Theaters (3/2)

2 March, 2018 at 7:30 am

“Red Sparrow” (R)

Jennifer Lawrence is an injured ballerina who witnesses a murder, and is forced into becoming an undercover spy for Russian intelligence. It’s directed by the same guy who directed her in the last three “Hunger Games” movies.
She’s assigned to seduce an American CIA agent who knows the identity of a mole in the Russian government. He’s played by Joel Edgerton.
“Red Sparrow” is based on a spy thriller written by a former CIA operative. The Agency liked it so much that they actually posted a review of his book on their website and referred to its descriptions of spy technique as “Tradecraft for Dummies”.

“Death Wish” (R)

Bruce Willis stars as Paul Kersey in this remake of the classic 1974 Charles Bronson revenge thriller. He’s a vigilante who unleashes death on every criminal he meets after his wife is killed in an armed robbery that also puts his daughter in a coma.
Elizabeth Shue plays his wife, model Camila Morrone is his daughter, and Dean Norris from “Breaking Bad” is one of the cops working the case.
It’s directed by Eli Roth, the guy who did the “Hostel” horror movies. Vincent D’Onofrio is also in it. Unlike the original, the action in this one has moved from New York to Chicago. And instead of an architect, this version of Kersey is an ER surgeon.

New in Theaters (2/23)

23 February, 2018 at 7:20 am

“Game Night” (R)

A comedy where Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams play competitive gamers who are invited to a murder mystery party at his brother’s house. But when Kyle Chandler is kidnapped during the party, no one realizes that it’s real and not just part of the game.
The two other clueless couples are LaMorne Morris from “New Girl”, Kylie Bunbury from “Pitch”, Jesse Plemons from “Fargo”, and British actress Sharon Horgan from Amazon’s “Catastrophe”.

“Annihilation” (R)

Natalie Portman leads an all female team into a quarantine zone called “The Shimmer,” after a meteor crashes and transforms the area into an alien landscape.
Oscar Isaac plays her husband, who’s the only surviving member of a previous expedition into the Shimmer. The rest of her team consists of Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, and Swedish actress Tuva Novotny.

“Every Day” (PG-13)

Australian actress Angourie Rice plays a high school girl named Rhiannon who falls in love with someone named “A” whose soul wakes up in a different body every day.
Unfortunately, “A” has no control over the body-swapping reset and never becomes the same person twice. “A” also has no idea if they’ll be a guy or a girl from one day to the next. Maria Bello is also in it as Rhiannon’s mom.

New Movies In Theaters (2/16)

16 February, 2018 at 7:20 am

“Black Panther” (PG-13)

This is the 18th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Chadwick Boseman returns as T’Challa, the superhero king of the technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda. Black Panther first showed up in the MCU in “Captain America: Civil War”.
T’Challa returns home after the death of his father to find that he’s being challenged for the throne . . . a powerful artifact has been stolen from his country . . . and the son of a traitorous relative has been secretly plotting against him.
The movie’s got an amazing African American cast, with Danai Gurira from “The Walking Dead” as the leader of their elite female warriors, who include Lupita Nyong’o.
Angela Bassett plays T’Challa’s mom, Daniel Kaluuya from “Get Out” is his best friend, and Forest Whitaker is the Black Panther’s spiritual mentor.
Michael B. Jordan from “Creed” is the main villain, who’s another potential heir to the throne. Sterling K. Brown from “This Is Us” plays Jordan’s father in the flashbacks.
As for the white folk . . . Andy Serkis is an arms dealer hired to rip off the Wakandan people, Martin Freeman is the CIA agent who arrests him, and Stan Lee makes his customary cameo during T’Challa’s hunt for the thief in a South Korean casino.

“Samson” (PG-13)

A guy named Taylor James is Samson, the hero from the Bible who was blessed by God with superhuman strength.
You might remember that it’s kind of a tragic story because Samson is BLINDED when he’s captured by the Philistines after Delilah reveals that the secret to undoing his strength is cutting his hair.
Lindsay Wagner from “The Bionic Woman” is Samson’s mom, Rutger Hauer plays his dad, and Billy Zane is a King who feels threatened by the Israelites’ strength. That Philistine harlot Delilah is played by an unknown actress named Caitlin Leahy.

“Early Man” (PG)

A stop-motion movie which stars Eddie Redmayne as a Stone Age cave man named Dug . . . spelled D-U-G . . . who unites his tribe to fight the leader of a Bronze Age city. Tom Hiddleston is the bad guy, who wants to enslave Dug’s tribe to work in the mines.
Maisie Williams from “Game of Thrones” is also in it as a cave babe named Goona.

New Movies In Theaters (2/9)

9 February, 2018 at 7:11 am

The 15:17 to Paris” (PG-13)

In 2015, three American tourists stopped a terrorist attack aboard a Paris train and saved the lives of more than 500 passengers.
Those three heroes . . . Anthony Sadler, Oregon National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, and Airman First Class Spencer Stone . . . all play themselves in the movie.
It’s directed by Clint Eastwood. And the rest of the cast includes Jenna Fischer, Thomas Lennon, Judy Greer, and Tony Hale from “Veep”.

“Fifty Shades Freed” (R)

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are back for the conclusion of the “Fifty Shades” trilogy as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele adapt to their life as newlyweds and
someone kidnaps Christian’s sister, Mia Grey. She’s played by Rita Ora.

“Peter Rabbit” (PG)

James Corden is Peter Rabbit in a movie version of the classic Beatrix Potter children’s book. His sisters Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail are Margot Robbie, Daisy Ridley, and Elizabeth Debicki. And Domhall Gleeson is Peter’s nemesis Mr. McGregor.
In addition to trying to sneak into McGregor’s vegetable garden, Peter is also competing with him for the attention of McGregor’s animal loving next door neighbor, Rose Byrne.

New Movies In Theaters (1/19)

19 January, 2018 at 7:17 am

“12 Strong” (R)

Chris Hemsworth leads a Special Forces team into Afghanistan to fight their way to a Taliban stronghold in the days immediately after 9/11. Their target is an Al Qaeda training camp in the country’s fourth largest city.
Michael Shannon plays his second in command. Their team of a dozen men also includes Michael Pena and “Moonlight’s” Trevante Rhodes. It’s based on the declassified story of the green berets who got help from a local warlord to infiltrate enemy territory on horseback.

“Den of Thieves” (R)

Pablo Schreiber from “Orange is the New Black” leads a crew of bank robbers who plan to hit a branch of the Federal Reserve to steal old currency that’s been taken out of circulation. His crew includes 50 Cent and Ice Cube’s son O’Shea Jackson Jr.
And Gerard Butler is the cop determined to stop them.

“Forever My Girl” (PG)

Alex Roe plays a country singer who returns home for a funeral and finds out that he has a daughter with the woman he left at the altar when he left town to start his music career. Jessica Rothe from “Happy Death Day” plays his old flame.

New Movies In Theaters (1/5)

5 January, 2018 at 7:10 am

“Insidious: The Last Key” (PG-13)

The fourth “Insidious” chapter focuses completely on Elise Rainier, the psychic played by Lin Shaye. It’s a sequel to the last one, which means the action takes place between the events of “Insidious: Chapter 3” and the first movie.
In this one, Elise reluctantly agrees to investigate disturbances at the house where she grew up. We get her backstory in flashbacks and learn about how she escaped her abused childhood when there’s a tense reunion with the brother in the present.
“Resident Evil” fans will recognize one of Elise’s relatives as the girl who played K-Mart in “Resident Evil: Extinction” and “Resident Evil: Afterlife”. And “Grey’s Anatomy” fans might recognize the actress who plays Dr. Leah Murphy in it.
Leigh Whannell and Angus Sampson are also back from the last movie as Elise’s assistants, Specs and Tucker. Leigh plays Specs. He also created the franchise and wrote all four of the movies.
Even though it’s rated PG-13, one of the reviewers says it has women being kept as prisoners to be raped and murdered, so some of you may want to still be a little careful with impressionable, younger teens.

New Movies In Theaters (12/15)

15 December, 2017 at 7:10 am

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (PG-13)

The second movie in the new trilogy is two and a half hours long and picks up with Rey (Daisy Ridley) having used the restored map to track down Luke in his self-imposed exile and ask him to train her. But he’s not as receptive to the idea after seeing her raw power.
Meanwhile, followers of the Empire who call themselves the First Order are chasing the remnants of the Resistance fleet that’s led by Princess Leia. So Finn (John Boyega) and Poe (Oscar Isaac) take on a mission to try to disable the tracking device.
Benicio Del Toro joins the cast as a codebreaker Finn recruits on a casino planet. Laura Dern is Leia’s second in command and potential successor. And Andy Serkis does the voice and motion capture for Kylo Ren’s master, Supreme Leader Snoke.
Obviously, a lot of the movie focuses on Luke (Mark Hamill) and Leia (Carrie Fisher) and the knowledge that her son turned to the Dark Side and became Kylo Ren (Adam Driver).

“Ferdinand” (PG)

John Cena is Ferdinand in an animated movie based on the classic 1936 children’s book. For anyone who’s forgotten their childhood, it’s about a gentle bull who refuses to change his peaceful ways when he’s captured and sent to fight in a bullfighting ring in Spain.
Kate McKinnon is the “calming goat,” a goat people pair with bulls to keep them calm. The rest of the voice cast includes Gina Rodriguez, Daveed Diggs, and Gabriel Iglesias as hedgehogs, and Peyton Manning and Anthony Anderson as some of the other bulls.

New In Theaters (12/1)

1 December, 2017 at 7:20 am

“The Disaster Artist” (R) (Limited)

James Franco directs and stars in a comedy about one of the worst movies ever made. He plays Tommy Wiseau, a guy with a thick European accent who wrote, directed, starred in, and spent millions bankrolling the 2003 cult classic “The Room”.
His brother Dave Franco is his co-star, and Seth Rogen plays the script supervisor. Josh Hutcherson and Zac Efron also have cameos in it.

“Love Beats Rhymes” (R) (Limited)

RZA directs Azealia Banks in her acting debut. She plays a rapper who takes a poetry class where she’s challenged to find some real meaning in her lyrics by moving from rap clubs to poetry slams. Jill Scott plays her teacher.
Method Man, Common, and Hana Mae Lee from the “Pitch Perfect” movies are also in it.

Woody Allen’s “Wonder Wheel” (PG-13) (Limited)

Justin Timberlake plays a lifeguard working the beach at Coney Island in the 1950s. And Jim Belushi is a carousel operator whose estranged daughter asks him to help her hide from the mob. Kate Winslet is Belushi’s wife, and Juno Temple is his daughter.

“The Tribes of Palos Verdes” (R) Trailer (Limited)

Maika Monroe turns to surfing as a way to cope with her life after her parents’ marriage falls apart when they move to a rich California neighborhood. Jennifer Garner and Justin Kirk from “Weeds” play her parents.

“24 Hours to Live” (R) In L.A. and New York only.

Ethan Hawke is brought back to life by an experimental procedure after a mission goes wrong. He has 24 hours to find the people who betrayed him before his body shuts down.
Liam Cunningham from “Game of Thrones” is his old employer, who sends hit squads after Ethan to keep him from taking down the agency.

“The Shape of Water” (R) New York only. It hits L.A. next week.

Sally Hawkins plays a mute cleaning lady working at a top secret government facility in the ’60s. She befriends an amphibious humanoid creature and decides to help it escape when she finds out they’re planning to kill it. Octavia Spencer plays her best friend.
It’s directed by Guillermo Del Toro. The creature is played by Doug Jones, the guy who played the Silver Surfer in one of the old “Fantastic Four” movies. Doug also worked with Guillermo on “Pan’s Labyrinth”. He played both the Faun and the Pale Man.

New Movies In Theaters (11/17)

17 November, 2017 at 7:18 am

“Justice League” (PG-13)

Hard core fans will tell you that this weekend is the 25th anniversary of “Superman” issue #75. That’s the 1992 comic book where Superman fought Doomsday to the death . . . which essentially got turned into the secret underlying plot for last year’s “Batman v Superman”.
“Justice League” picks up shortly after Superman’s sacrifice, with Batman and Wonder Woman recruiting a team to deal with an impending alien invasion . . . using the stolen files Lex Luthor had been keeping on metahumans.
Joining Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot are Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as the Flash, and a guy named Ray Fisher as Cyborg.
As for the supporting cast, Amy Adams returns as Lois Lane, Jeremy Irons is Alfred, J.K. Simmons is Commissioner Gordon, and Henry Cavill returns as you know who.
“Justice League” features two post-credits scenes. In the middle of the credits there’s a race between two heroes, and after the credits is a villain teaser between Lex Luthor and Deathstroke . . . who are played by Jesse Eisenberg and Joe Manganiello.
You may remember that director Zack Snyder suffered a personal tragedy during filming. His daughter Autumn took her own life in March, and Zack stepped down to be with family. “Avengers” director Joss Whedon finished the final scenes and post-production.

“Wonder” (PG)

Jacob Tremblay plays Auggie Pullman . . . a kid with a rare facial deformity, who gets bullied when he finally enters public school for the first time. He’d been home schooled until the fifth grade because he was always recovering from one of his 27 surgeries.
Julia Roberts and Woody Harrelson play his parents. Daveed Diggs from “Hamilton” is his inspirational first teacher, and Mandy Patinkin is the school principal, Mr. Tushman.
Author R.J. Palacio wrote the book after an incident outside an ice cream shop where her three-year-old broke into tears at the sight of a little girl’s facial differences. In her panic to spare the girl’s feelings she only made the situation worse, and felt guilty about it all day.
Since she was disappointed in herself as a mom for not teaching her kids better, she started writing “Wonder” that same night. She took the title from a Natalie Merchant song.

“The Star” (PG)

An animated movie about the first Christmas, told from the perspective of the animals who witnessed Jesus’ birth. It stars Steven Yeun from “The Walking Dead” as the donkey Mary rides to Bethlehem. Gina Rodriguez and Zachary Levi are Mary and Joseph.
Keegan-Michael Key and “SNL’s” Aidy Bryant are the donkey’s best friends. Oprah, Tracy Morgan, and Tyler Perry are the camels the three Wise Men ride.
Kelly Clarkson, Anthony Anderson, and Patricia Heaton are the other animals in the stable where Jesus is born. It includes music from Mariah Carey and Fifth Harmony.

New Movies In Theaters (11/10)

10 November, 2017 at 7:10 am

“Daddy’s Home 2” (PG-13)

Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell are back as Dusty and Brad. They’re finally getting along, but their new ‘co-dad’ relationship is put to the test when their dads come to visit. Mel Gibson is Dusty’s aggressive dad, and John Lithgow is Brad’s ‘kiss on the lips’ daddy.
They rent a cabin for the holidays, where Brad tries to cut down a Christmas tree and takes out a cell tower instead. Linda Cardellini and Alessandra Ambrosio are back as Brad and Dusty’s wives, and John Cena returns as the father of Marky Mark’s stepdaughter.

“Murder on the Orient Express” (PG-13)

Kenneth Branagh directs and stars in Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery. He plays Hercule Poirot, a detective trying to figure out which of the passengers aboard a luxury train killed a notorious gangster during an overnight trip to Istanbul in the early 1900s.
Johnny Depp is the victim, and the suspects are Penelope Cruz, Michelle Pfeiffer, Judi Dench, Josh Gad, “Hamilton’s” Leslie Odom Jr., and “Star Wars” minx Daisy Ridley.

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (R) (Limited)

Frances McDormand goes to extremes to shame the cops for not solving her daughter’s murder. Woody Harrelson is the sheriff and Sam Rockwell is his racist deputy.
She starts by provoking him with billboards that read . . .. . . “Raped while dying”, “And still no arrests”, and “How Come, Chief Willloughby?” And things get violently out of control as she continues lashing, out only to be harassed by the deputy and other townsfolk.

New Movies In Theaters (11/3)

3 November, 2017 at 6:17 am

“Thor: Ragnarok” (PG-13)

Cate Blanchett is Hela, the Goddess of Death, who invades Asgard and tries to kill Thor. She nearly succeeds but he gets away with Loki’s help.
They’re separated during their escape and Thor ends up on a planet where he’s captured and forced to fight the Hulk in an arena. Jeff Goldblum is the guy in charge of the arena.
Tom Hiddleston and Mark Ruffalo are back as Loki and the Hulk, and Tessa Thompson from “Creed” and “Dear White People” is a Valkyrie warrior who joins the fight for Asgard.
Anthony Hopkins returns briefly as Odin, Benedict Cumberbatch has a cameo as Dr. Strange, and Idris Elba is also back in a much larger role as Heimdall.

“A Bad Moms Christmas” (R) (Opened Wednesday)

Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn’s plans for a relaxed holiday are canceled when their own moms visit unexpectedly. Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines, and Susan Sarandon are their moms, and Justin Hartley from “This Is Us” plays a Santa stripper.

“LBJ” (R)

Woody Harrelson plays President Lyndon Johnson in a movie about his career and the days following the JFK assassination as he commits to making Kennedy’s vision a reality by pushing through the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It’s directed by Rob Reiner.
Jeffrey Donovan from “Burn Notice” is JFK, and Jennifer Jason Leigh plays LBJ’s wife, Lady Bird Johnson. Bill Pullman, C. Thomas Howell, and Richard Jenkins are also in it.

“Last Flag Flying” (R)

Steve Carell plays a former medic who asks two of the Marines he served with in Vietnam to take a trip with him to bury his son, who was killed in the Iraq War. Then he extends the trip when he decides to bring the body home instead of laying him to rest at Arlington.
Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne are the friends helping him come to terms with his loss and what they all experienced back in the war.

New Movies In Theaters (10/27)

27 October, 2017 at 6:09 am

“Jigsaw” (R)

The eighth “Saw” movie takes place 10 years after Jigsaw’s death. A series of new murders have the police convinced there’s a copycat killer since the bodies have the same signs as Jigsaw’s victims. Callum Keith Rennie from “Battlestar Galactica” is the lead detective.
Tobin Bell returns as Jigsaw, and Laura Vandervoot from “Bitten” and “Smallville” is one of five victims he’s got trapped in a barn.

“Suburbicon” (R)

It’s a crime comedy written by the Coen Brothers and directed by George Clooney. The critics can’t stand it, in part because of a subplot involving a black family unfairly harassed after moving into a racist white neighborhood in the 1950s.
Matt Damon puts his family at risk by getting mixed up with the mob, which leads to his wife’s death. Then her twin sister moves in to take her place, Matt kills a guy who comes after his kid, and an insurance investigator gets suspicious about the whole mess.
Julianne Moore plays the wife and her twin. And Oscar Isaac is the insurance investigator.

“Thank You for Your Service” (R)

Miles Teller is a veteran trying to reintegrate himself back into society after serving in Iraq, while helping other members of his unit who are struggling with PTSD and other issues. Haley Bennett, Amy Schumer, and Keisha Castle-Hughes are also in it.
It’s directed by Jason Hall, the guy who wrote the screenplay for “American Sniper”.

New Movies In Theaters (10/20)

20 October, 2017 at 6:36 am

“Only the Brave” (PG-13)

It’s the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group of elite Arizona firefighters who fought one of the deadliest wildfires in recent history . . . the 2013 Yarnell Hill fire.
Most of them lost their lives to it and the Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park is dedicated to their sacrifice. It features a seven mile trail leading to the Fatality Site where they made their final stand. There was only one survivor out of their 20 man crew.
The movie stars Josh Brolin, Taylor Kitsch, and Jeff Bridges as some of the fallen heroes, and Miles Teller as the only Hotshot who made it out alive.
Jennifer Connelly and Andie MacDowell are also in it.

“Geostorm” (PG-13)

After too many natural disasters, future world leaders came together to create an intricate network of satellites that control the world’s weather. But then something goes wrong and the system creates a series of storms across the planet that could destroy all of humanity.
Gerard Butler and Jim Sturgess are the scientists trying to figure out if the satellites have been sabotaged, Abbie Cornish is the secret service agent they convince to help them get to the President for his satellite kill codes, and Andy Garcia is the President.

“Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” (PG-13)

Madea, Bam and Hattie are worried about her grandniece Tiffany so they follow her to a frat party at a haunted campground where 14 kids were once murdered. Then they all freak out as they run into ghosts and a guy with a mask and a chainsaw.
Tyler Perry plays Madea, Tiffany’s father Brian, and Uncle Joe.
Diamond White is Tiffany, and the movie also includes cameos by UFC gorilla Tito Ortiz and singer / twerker Lexy Panterra.

“The Snowman” (R)

Michael Fassbender is a detective hunting a serial killer who’s suddenly active again and taunting the police to catch him. The killer dismembers his victims and leaves a snowman as his calling card . . . sometimes with a decapitated human head as the snowman’s head.
Rebecca Ferguson plays his new partner. Val Kilmer and J.K. Simmons are also in it.

“Same Kind of Different As Me” (PG-13)

Greg Kinnear plays a guy who befriends a homeless man to try to save his troubled marriage after his wife starts having dreams about “a poor wise man who changes the city.”
It’s based on a true story and stars Renee Zellweger as his wife, and Djimon Hounsou as the homeless guy who changes their lives. The role was especially important to him because he spent a year homeless on the streets of France when he was younger.

New Movies In Theaters (10/13)

13 October, 2017 at 6:12 am

“The Foreigner” (R)

Jackie Chan is a widowed immigrant who’ll stop at nothing to get revenge on IRA terrorists after his only daughter is killed in a London bombing.
Unfortunately, the government doesn’t have any leads. So Jackie decides to put pressure on Pierce Brosnan to force him to give up the names of the bombers. Brosnan is a top ranking Irish official who was once a member of the IRA.
The movie cost $35 million to make, and the studio’s already doubled its money. It’s made $74 million overseas, with $66 million in China alone since it opened there two weeks ago.

“Happy Death Day” (PG-13)

Just in time for Friday the 13th is a horror movie about a college student reliving the day of her murder over and over again, like a slasher version of “Groundhog Day”.
She wakes up in a guy’s dorm room, does the walk of shame on her birthday, and is killed by someone in a mask of the school’s baby-faced mascot. Then she wakes up, starts her birthday over again, and tries to survive long enough to figure out who the killer is.
She’s played by Jessica Rothe, who you’d remember as one of Emma Stone’s friends in “La La Land”. She had a big number called “Someone in the Crowd”.

“Marshall” (PG-13) (Limited)

It’s a movie about the early career of civil rights pioneer Thurgood Marshall, the guy who would go on to become the first black member of the Supreme Court.
Chadwick Boseman is Marshall. He’s defending Sterling K. Brown from “This is Us” . . . a black chauffer accused of raping and trying to kill his white employer, Kate Hudson.
Josh Gad is also in it as the inexperienced white lawyer the NAACP hires to work with Marshall because the conservative 1940s judge refuses to let a black lawyer speak in court.

“Professor Marston and the Wonder Women” (R) (Limited)

Luke Evans plays William Moulton Marston, the guy who created “Wonder Woman” and also invented the first lie detector test. He wrote under the pen name Charles Moulton.
But what you DON’T know is that Wonder Woman’s inspiration came from his personal life, and a taboo relationship he kept hidden. Rebecca Hall plays his wife, and Bella Heathcote is their secret lover, with whom they explore their sexuality and Wonder Woman’s character.
Marston was actually a Harvard psychologist who wanted to push equal rights for women by using his 1941 “Wonder Woman” comic as propaganda to start a feminist movement.